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"Bottom line is, even if you're not ready for complete self-sufficiency, in today's economic climate, it just makes
sense to try to produce some of your own food. And this book is a great way to get your feet wet."
"The tone is sweet and accessible, and the well-organized chapters cover all the bases…” ― July 2009, Everyday Prepper
“This book delivers what it aims to sell. Its 368 pages of information on creating a successful, self sufficient,
backyard homestead that will keep you and your family busy and eating all year long. 4.5 out of five stars, this is the
book homestead enthusiasts have been looking for. Go buy this book!” , Boston Sunday Globe
“The Backyard Homestead is a comprehensive and accessible guide to starting a vegetable garden, raising chickens and
cows, canning food, making cheese, and a whole lot more. Editor Carleen Madigan…a homesteader in her own right, draws
on the dozens of books about country living that Storey has published since its founding in 1983.”
, New York Times Book Review
“Because you need to brace yourself for what’s on the horizon: The Backyard Homestead. This fascinating, friendly
book is brimming with ideas, illustrations, and enthusiasm. The garden plans are solid, the advice crisp; the diagrams,
as on pruning and double digging, are models of decorum. Halfway through, she puts the pedal to the metal, and whoosh!
At warp speed, we’re growing our own hops and making our own beer, planting our own wheat fields, keeping chickens (ho
hum), ducks, geese, and turkeys (now we’re talking) and milking goats, butchering lamb, raising rabbits, and grinding
sausage. Oh, and tapping our maple trees, churning butter, and making our own cheese and yogurt. Peacocks, anyone?
Need I say more? Well, yes. Stock up on some knitting books because next winter, you’ll want to grow your own
From the Inside Flap
Homegrown Goodness for Table, Freezer, and Pantry
Your backyard homestead is a success! The vegetables and fruit are abundant and the fresh eggs are delicious, but
they're more than your family can eat. Your pig is fattening up quickly; will you know how to fill out the cut sheet
when it's time to call the butcher? A backyard bounty can be overwhelming.
Andrea Chesman's indispensable guide to gathering, processing, preserving, and eating the fruits of your backyard
homestead ensures that nothing goes to waste. Her experience and clear instructions equip you with the skills to make
the most of everything you harvest!
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